The comments of police officers (and others) as to the President’s $30 billion in new police spending over the next decade.
Police officers are leaving. Violence is skyrocketing. There are cities that don’t have enough police officers to respond to 911 calls.
I recently wrote, “Biden Proposes $30 Billion To Expand Law Enforcement As Cops Continue To Leave.”
The article offered a variety of sources indicating that thousands of police officers are leaving. Retirements are up dramatically and recruitment has evaporated. Per media reports, there are cities that don’t have enough police officers to respond to 911 calls.
This article is based on the comments offered by the law enforcement, news, and true crime communities plus others.
There are endless perspectives as to law enforcement tactics, historic violence, and police reform. I read multiple articles daily regarding violent crime and policing, mostly from progressive publications creating ninety percent of the content. The political and ethical divide is immense.
From progressives: Police violence and tactics are in desperate need of reform. Cops are routinely described as unethical and repressive; their primary purpose is to oppress minorities and the powerless. The endless parade of articles about the failings of “all” cops properly set the tone for most media coverage.
They believe that stereotyping a million people in law enforcement based on the actions of a few is perfectly acceptable, it’s indicative of larger concerns. To progressives, most cops are the problem, not the solution.
From pro-police organizations: They believe that President Biden and progressives are completely out of touch with the American public, including minorities.
Biden never called for the defunding of law enforcement, but his endless critical comments during the campaign did nothing to endear him and his supporters to most cops.
As far as they are concerned, skyrocketing violence and fear of crime, people buying firearms in record numbers, and people-businesses leaving cities are solely the fault of progressives and their hopelessly naive policies.
With violence hitting African Americans and the poor the hardest, many (most?) police supporters see progressives as the essence of evil.
With polls showing that, regardless of demographics, Americans regard law enforcement favorably and believe that the vast majority act appropriately with less than three percent using force “or” the threat of force during encounters, and with the Presidents’ approval ratings regarding crime tanking, the pro-cop side believes that they are solidly supported by the vast majority of the American public.
Example Articles After Biden Announced 30 Billion For More Cops
The Guardian: Police officers in America continue to kill people at an alarming rate, according to a data analysis that has raised concerns about the Biden administration’s push to expand police investments amid growing concerns about crime.
Advocates argue that the persistent rate of killings was a critical reason the US should not be expanding its police forces.
The Marshall Project: Congress failed to pass bipartisan police reform legislation last fall, the Biden administration decided to pivot to an executive order that would have incentivized local law enforcement agencies to improve officer training, cut down on discrimination and racial profiling, and reduce excessive force cases.
That presidential order has never been issued… President Biden’s delay also runs counter to his 2020 campaign promises.
The Crime Report: Since George Floyd’s murder in 2020, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed legislation to address police behavior: The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act from Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., offered sweeping changes to officer accountability and limitations on use of force. But in every case, the reform efforts have stalled or failed.
The only effort that indicates reductions in crime are proactive police strategies via the US Department of Justice and the National Academies of Sciences.
Proactivity means that officers will take their own initiative to approach someone when they have the legal right to question or search. Proactive policing embraces a variety of tactics. But proactivity has major challenges.
There is currently no methodologically accepted evidence supporting the effectiveness of any other proposal, from violence interrupters (supported in the President’s budget) to social initiatives.
No one is suggesting that we shouldn’t try new strategies as long as they are evaluated by impartial outside researchers. But for the moment, proactive policing is all we have based on data.
But proactive policing is currently dead in the hearts of minds of many (most?) cops. They heard the protestors-politicians and media loud and clear. The only modality with a chance to restore peace and safety is currently off the table despite progressive big-city mayors begging police officers to re-embrace the strategy.
Do Cops Trust You?
There are endless articles about what cities should be doing to restore confidence in the police and the fact that some do not trust law enforcement.
But there’s nothing asking what cities and communities should be doing to restore the confidence of law enforcement officers in them. Thousands of cops are leaving the job.
There are endless articles about cities not having enough officers to respond to 911 calls. If proactive policing is our only current proven modality for violence reduction, and if cops refuse to engage in the practice due to the demands of protestors, where do we go from here?
There’s nothing stating that cops have to remain on the job. Millions of Americans are leaving their professions. Why wouldn’t that apply to police officers?
I see articles asking if people trust cops. My question is, do cops trust you? At the moment, the answer is no, which is why we have skyrocketing rates of fear and violence and why businesses and people are leaving cities. Data states that (72%) of officers are now less willing to stop and question suspicious persons, Pew.
Do bad cops exist? Do bad priests, lawyers, business people, bankers, ministers, reporters, or doctors exist? Is there data indicating that law enforcement holds more troubled people than other professions?
There is, however, data stating that Americans trust cops far more than most professions including the media and members of Congress.
But it’s obvious that officers believe they are being unfairly stereotyped in unflattering terms trying to do an impossible job. Correct split-second decisions under enormous stress without mistakes are unattainable. Families are insisting that their loved ones leave law enforcement immediately.
Comments From Cops-I Want It Carved In Stone
My article announcing that the President proposed billions of additional dollars to support law enforcement got hundreds of comments via email and social media. None were supportive of the President or progressive policies.
I once asked in another article what it would take for cops to return to proactive policing. “I want it carved in stone,” said one officer. “I want to know exactly what the city and communities want from me. Let communities figure this out for themselves. Let them do the heavy lifting as to crime policy. But don’t tell me that you want safety yet crucify me in papers when I do what you ask.”
Edited comments regarding the President’s proposal to add 30 billion to hire more police officers:
Progressives want the police defunded. Biden ran on a campaign pledge to cut the prison population in half. Both endlessly criticized the entire profession. What more do we need to know?
Is that an admission that the defund police strategy failed?
The anti-cop culture is too much for the average LEO to deal with, they simply can’t get their job done. I say let every community that ruled to defund their police in 2020 stay without their cops for at least a few years. People won’t change until they see the difference without cops and have to live in the wild west for a period of time.
With the dogma of the defund the police… prosecution of more police involved in the use of force by liberal-minded folks, increased violence against officers and wages/benefits/retirement systems bailing on benefits for doing the job. Naaa, none of this would affect recruitment and retention.
Mr. President, your very own political party counterparts preached the rhetoric of reform/defund, place scarlet letters on all in the professional, demonizing all in the profession as heavy-handed and abusive.
Guess what? Their voices were heard loud and clear by those in this noble profession. Look no further than at yourself and your counterparts for all this senselessness of violence by engaging in false ideologies with political motivations above public safety.
Sure, just in time for midterm elections, talk about supporting law enforcement then after the elections <poof> cops are bad again.
Cops don’t need money, they need the politics to change. They need the support of the elected representatives. They need to not be threatened to be imprisoned for doing their job. That’s what they need to return to the job.
Typical democrat/progressives. Totally mess everything up then throw money at it. All that money won’t buy the experience their stupid agendas chased off. The only way to get that back is through time.
Where are all the unarmed social workers that were going to take their place, pay not enough a little to do a dangerous job?? $30Bn from this group seems more like they are trying to play both sides because they know what is coming.
Would love to know how much is really to “expand” law enforcement and how much is for social programs the left thinks should be part of the reimagined law enforcement.
Waiting for the first case study of an unarmed (to de-escalate the situation of course….) social worker responding to a domestic abuse or barricaded gunman incident…… (Editor’s note, three violence interrupters were murdered in Baltimore. Social workers throughout the country are routinely assaulted).
As long as police are afraid to do their jobs for fear of being crucified for one minor error, even if that error doesn’t cause anyone any harm, you’re going to have a hard time hiring and retaining police.
Support the Defund the Police movement, then offer to give millions to LEO’s. No, you’re not at all pandering or waffling.
As long as putting yourself out there, working long hours to arrest some bad person that doesn’t get rewarded with the bad person going to jail, police are not going to put themselves out there.
As long as the media and politicians on the left side of the spectrum remain like vultures hanging overhead desperately, eagerly waiting, salivating for a cop to do something that can be interpreted as racism – even if it isn’t – you’re going to have a hard time hiring cops.
You can improve funding which is very needed but right now legal handcuffs are the main problem. Proactive policing is not only a financial issue, but officers have no actual power to attack crime head-on. We can’t chase stolen cars or use force to stop violent offenders. If the laws don’t change then the increase in funding means nothing.
It could be $300B; it won’t matter. None of the underlying problems will be fixed.
The radical DAs have to be ousted first. It doesn’t matter how many times we arrest someone if they keep getting let out. But that’s up to the people. If they don’t vote to put people in place to fix the problem, it won’t get fixed.
It’ll probably take about a decade of work to un-fu__ things and re-establish the rule of law. The big cities are going to be hell holes for a long time.
So are the rest of his party going to reverse their positions, start holding criminals accountable, and keep violent sh__bags off the streets?
The money isn’t the problem. Nobody wants to be the police anymore. And why would they? I started in LE in a city following a questionable shooting. After the riots subsided, things mostly went back to normal. Since COVID, there has been a huge uptick in people fighting because society and the media have told them they don’t have to listen to the police.
We do our jobs and have crowds of people videotaping us because they want to record us brutalizing someone so they can get their fame.
Election coming up. They know the democrats are in the toilet so they changed their minds to try and garner more votes.
First, Biden is all about Defunding the Police and now he’s learning how important they all are. A little too late “BRANDON”. lol
You reap what you sow! What’s amazing is that the Left, the Dems, and the Progressives who are the ones who promoted and endorsed the “Defund the Police” movement thought exactly what would happen? Things would get better? Crime would go down? We’d we be safer? Criminals would “self-reform?”
Now that Biden’s and the Democrat Party’s poll numbers are in the tank and this year’s Midterm elections are going to be their epic failure (crime is only one major failure) they suddenly got pro Law Enforcement? Gee…so coincidental….NOT!
The Left, Biden, and the Progressives pulling his “puppet strings” have created a third-world country! They all need to be voted out and become victims of the very criminals they coddled and unflinchingly supported which created this morass! To be honest with you nobody has time for the headaches.
We try our best to help but still get prosecuted for things that we do. All officers are not bad but they keep painting this picture that we are the problem and we don’t have enough training and we don’t have enough of this and we don’t have enough of that etc.
Let residents police their own city and see how that goes. Because at the end of the day we’re not responsible for your safety, you’re responsible for your own safety.
Approximately 10 LAPD Officers resign per week to seek other employment. Recruitment cannot fill the budgeted academy classes. The city knocked back the 20-year retirement benefit by 20% just a few years ago. They are being told to enforce laws and if they hold the wrong people accountable, they will face discipline and reduce their chances of promotions and assignments. The future is bleak and many don’t care as they are retiring or leaving out of state.
Out of 180 police departments surveyed around the country, there were 42.7 percent more resignations in 2021 than in 2019. This statistic should stand out more than anything else.
He can throw all the money he likes but until we get anti-police city, county & state leaders out, nothing will change.
Too little, too late. It will take generations to make up for this, much as law enforcement went through during the 60s and early 70s. We refuse to learn. SMH
Yet again waiting until the last minute to see which way the political winds are blowing. Big Guy’s getting good at it.
I guess defunding the police didn’t quite have the effect the left wanted. Shocker
You will only get the level of policing you will support.
Biden is only offering money (which the feds don’t have to begin with) because it’s a midterm election year. Plain as the nose on my face. And the bottom line is this. The left has screamed defund. Their wish was granted on large scale. Now that the damage has been done it’s going to take many years of concerted effort to bring policing back to the staffing levels circa 2019.
Lack of money created some problems, but relatively little. The real damage was done by the vilification of law enforcement and politicians viewing criminal offenders as victims by left-leaning radical prosecutors/DA’s criminally charging police for doing their jobs lawfully. And last but not least, many command personnel on many departments losing their spines and nads. Or not having them to begin with. Shameful throwing their officers (and ultimately the public they are supposed to serve) under the proverbial bus
It’s not a money issue. It’s how you are supported by the town or city you work for. If you are treated poorly…there’s no amount of money that would make you want to work there.
We are already in trouble and everyone can thank the media, present administration and the left-liberals for being the driving force for all of it! Many departments around our great nation had leadership that caved and gave in to all the BS that these roles played and the only ones injured in this conflict were the American citizens themselves! Wake up or live the life you ask for!
Biden and every single democrat pandered to the defund police movement. DO NOT TAKE THIS MONEY! They want reelection, period!! Not a single representative in DC cares about any citizens in the country. Only re-election
It’s truly sad what is happening in this country and how we treat our LEOs. We’d all better stand up and voice our support more or we’ll all be in trouble!
Unfortunately, this is one problem you can’t just throw money at and fix it! Police officers are tired of the lack of support from Administration/Politicians and media bashing !!!!
Let’s see… take a job with the most hated for enforcing the law, double the suicide rate than on-duty deaths, mental health issues like PTSD that aren’t considered workman’s comp claims, public outcry of defunding with governmental support, while trying to maintain the highest level of professionalism with understaffing, no administrative/legal support even if acting within the law/policy… or, just get a job without all that which pays you double and a longer life expectancy, mentally & physically.
Then the government wants to spend money on police. Okay, that’s all well and good. Those are grant-funded jobs that last about 4-5 years. Do you really think you are going to make an impact and maintain it after the grant-funded jobs have to be cut because the money ran out?
Don’t get me wrong, being a police officer is a major highlight of my life and I wouldn’t change what I’ve done or accomplished being one, but today is just a different story, and culture has rooted its way into a system that it demands that it runs the profession while having absolutely no clue how it runs. $30bil in 10 years, that’s $3bil/year. Split that up for how many departments a year? Again, impact?
Too little too late!
Very too late. Very sad
This administration and the Dem party are so clueless, the shortage at this point is no longer about money, it’s about the lack of respect these brave officers receive.
Go figure…if my company took away my tools, treated me like an idiot, and made me eat sh__ all day, then cut my pay…I would not only quit and look for a new job, but I’d also be looking for a new career…
It’s not about the money it’s about the policies.
The Expansion of the ATF or Gun Data Bases does Nothing to Stop Soros DA’s from Continuing to Release Felons in Possession of Fire Arms or Drugs. End Catch And Release.
Biden needs to add an Appreciation For Police Officers day as a national holiday.
Biden and Harris, both said we should “defund the Police” did they not? Now they want to spend $30 billion dollars after our police have quit their jobs.!!
The never-ending hypocrisy of the Lying Left.
So sadly true, and a lot of self-inflicted harm to cities around the country. Biden’s new plan reminds me of Clinton’s much touted election year promise of 100,000 cops on the street. Not many cops, but a lot of pork.
They can throw as much money as they want at the issue of the serious crime increase, but without the support of the politicians and communities, it will be business as usual. My heart goes out to EVERY police officer in this country who has shed tears for their communities because they are at the ends of their ropes.
Sad thing is most of the money they approve is put into social programs that do no good.
Wahoo, pull back the reins, the democrats were defunding LE across the nation, now as crime soars through the roof. The Democrats want to act like the good guys coming to the rescue, for the mess they made. Seems the Democratic party quit caring about US citizens many years ago.
What a bunch of dodo. He is so full of it. First, he wants to get rid of the police now he wants more of them. If I were a police officer and could afford it I wouldn’t come back to work on the force till they get the democrats out of office.
Well no sh__ you can only be beat up for so long before you say F it and find a new career.
Bad news for the left: There are a massive amount of women becoming brand new gun owners as Democrats defund the police
March was Women’s History Month and there’s no better opportunity to celebrate the contributions American women make to the firearm and ammunition industry – past, present and future.
From the early days of Annie Oakley shooting the ashes off cigarettes in the mouths of wild west show volunteers and Calamity Jane gunslinging and scouting on the early frontier through the decades to today’s world-renowned women competitive shooters for Team USA, women have held an integral and rightful place in the industry supporting Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
What’s more is that women are leading the charge in growing and diversifying the gun-owning community in America by the millions.
The firearm folk heroines must include Annie Oakley. Born in 1880, Annie shot her first squirrel outside her family’s cabin in rural Ohio at 8 years old. Her skill and creativity shooting firearms from that day forward propelled Annie to worldwide fame as well as American folklore.
Martha “Calamity” Jane Canary was a famous gunslinger, sharpshooter and promoter during the late 1800s and appeared alongside William “Buffalo Bill” Cody during his traveling Wild West Shows.
Even before those women achieved renown, women were instrumental in the firearm industry and gunsmithing that helped propel a young America to victory and independence more than a century before. Among the earliest gun manufacturers, women often helped their husbands operate successful gunsmithing businesses, producing firearms for militia units and private sales dating back to the 1650s and 1700s.
The Nicholsons were a well-known gunsmithing family in Philadelphia in the early 1800. When John Nicholson passed away, his widow Rebecca took over and grew the family gun manufacturing business. It was somewhat uncommon, but women were noted trailblazers in the firearm industry centuries ago.
A flourishing firearm industry requires leadership within as well as among those charged with protecting and upholding the Second Amendment, providing for the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms.
Women leaders continue to prove their mettle in the firearm industry today. Laurie Aronson is the Chairman and CEO of Lispey’s LLC, a firearm and sporting goods distributor. She’s also on NSSF’s Board of Governors. JoAnn Weisenford, is President of RSR Group, another firearm and sporting goods distributor.
Joyce Rubino is the Vice President of Marketing at Colt’s Manufacturing Company and previously served on NSSF’s Board of Governors. Kelly Residorf is the Chief Communications Officer and General Manager, Venor, responsible for all facets of external communications at Vista Outdoor.
Kirstie Pike is the Founder and CEO of Prios Hunting Apparel for Women. They are just among the women leading the firearm industry and hunting market into the 21st Century.
In Congress, numerous women are stalwarts when it comes to standing up for the Second Amendment, including U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and U.S. Reps. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla), Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) have been spotlighted by the firearm industry but there are many more.
Plus, those numbers are very likely to grow after the Congressional midterm elections with numerous strong Second Amendment-supporting women running for office.
Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey recently signed into law Constitutional carry in her state and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds have unquestionable Second Amendment credentials and the political track record to prove it.
Some of the greatest ambassadors for a thriving firearm industry include award-winning competitive shooters and Second Amendment advocates are women too. Team USA Shooting captured six medals during the recent 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, including medal winners Amber English (gold), Mary Tucker (silver) and Maddy Bernau (bronze).
Olympian Kim Rohde is a six-time medalist, and the first Olympian in any sport to medal in six straight Olympic Games. Lanny and Tracy Barnes are Olympic biathletes. Tracy once gave up her spot on the Olympics so Lanny could compete.
Lanny, a three-time Olympian, is also a 3-gun competitor. Gabby Franco shot for Venezuela in the Olympics before immigrating to the United States where she continues to shoot competitively.
Julie Golob is a U.S. Army veteran and competitive shooter, hunter and advocate for NSSF’s Project ChildSafe®. Her YouTube channel boasts more than 40,000 subscribers and is full of videos promoting women in the shooting sports. Kay and Lena Miculek are fierce marksmanship competitors. They’re regularly seen on the range with the likes of Di Muller, Becky Yackley, Maggie Reese Voigt and Jessie Harrison.
Today there are numerous Second Amendment advocacy groups focused solely on women firearm ownership, training and education, helping to cultivate current and future generations to keep women gun owners thriving and growing.
The bedrock foundation of firearm ownership among women is concrete and the future is bright for it to continue to be so. Perhaps the most important reason for this is the sheer number of women joining the ranks of gun owners.
For comparison, in 2003, only 13 percent of women identified as gun owners. Fast forward to 2020 and that number totals nearly 25 percent.
What’s more is the figure is definitely even higher today, as women have accounted for 40 percent of firearm sales over the past two years as law-abiding Americans have purchased guns in record numbers – totaling nearly 40 million.
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 25 percent of those female gun owners say self-protection is their main reason for owning a gun, and 70 percent say owning a gun is essential for their personal freedom.
Demonstrating the growing diversity among gun owners has been the membership growth at the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA).
A report from Essence magazine showed that African-American women are one of the fastest-growing gun-owning groups in the United States, significantly adding to their numbers through 2020 and 2021, noting African-American women comprise the largest share of the 40,000 members of the NAAGA.
Ladies’ Night training and practice courses at local shooting ranges are jampacked. Hunting excursions are looking different as more women head afield and into the woods. And the face of the American gun owner is quickly changing and in large part it’s due to women taking up their Second Amendment rights.
The future of the firearm industry is bright.
National company that protects cops and their families throws support behind “Re-Fund the Police” campaign
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As a loyal reader of Law Enforcement Today, you are probably aware that we initiated a campaign to back the blue and support “re-funding” rather than defunding the police, while publicizing the detrimental effects of defunding the police and the countless positive contributions to our society that our brothers and sisters in blue make every day.
Corporate sponsor OfficerPrivacy.com has dedicated itself to the “Re-Fund the Police” cause with a generous contribution to the refunding efforts.
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In the Navy, James honorably served on an aircraft carrier as an Intelligence Specialist.
After his military service, James moved on to a 25-year career in law enforcement in California, ultimately retiring at the rank of lieutenant.
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James kept in close contact with his many former colleagues in law enforcement and actively followed changes in the law enforcement community. He repeatedly heard about incidents in which a criminal found an officer’s personal information online and would then harass and dox them and their family.
In his work in forensics and his private investigations, James utilized people-search websites, the very sites that were being used to collect the private information being used to attack officers.
These sites show officers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, the names of their relatives and are available to anyone performing an internet search.
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James and his team at OfficerPrivacy.com have created software that helps officers in all 50 states quickly and easily remove personal, private information from the most prominent people-search websites.
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Furthermore, the company keeps minimal data on clients, data which is protected by encryption and two-factor authentication. Naturally, no client data is ever shared or sold.
Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful to OfficerPrivacy.com for their tireless dedication to protecting the privacy – and safety – of police officers nationwide, and for generously walking along with us to “Re-Fund Our Police” in the face of political and media-based pushes to defund those who protect and serve.
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Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue
Originally published October 10, 2021
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue. You support the police. You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse. You bring homemade cookies to your local police station. You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.
You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage. You pray daily for the Blue family.
And yet, you may feel quite alone.
Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.
Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.
Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest. They revile and attack those who back the Blue. They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.
But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.
According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement. That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.
That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.
And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.
Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.
Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.
In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.
Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.
According to LEOKA:
“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”
Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment. Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.
Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.
These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country. You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.
You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.
Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.
As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:
“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.
“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.
“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone. It’s time to fight back.”
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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.
It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.
“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.
“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.
“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”
Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.
Here’s what the funds go towards:
- We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families. They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it. They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
- We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue. The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.
As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary. In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.
Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.
For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.
You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.
Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.
Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.
For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.
“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”
Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police. Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.
In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.
This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.
Reyes points out:
“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.
“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”
Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.
We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.
If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]
It’s time to get in the fight.
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